The Courier reported on 16 April that a local dog walker has discovered a makeshift deer traps while walking in an area known as The Dam near the river Leven.
The traps were made from barbed wire, wood and metal tied to trees, one of which the walker was able to dismantle although he experienced several injuries to his arms in the process. In addition, people in the local area have been warned to be on the alert for similar devices.
Fife's Safer Communities team have been asked to investigate after a number of residents raised concerns.
British Deer Society 2019 AGM Weekend - 11th / 12th May 2019
You don't want to miss our upcoming AGM as its set to be both a fun and informative weekend hosted by our East Anglia branch.
A visit to Euston Hall and gardens plus Meet Estate Stalker
Range day and Edgar Brothers display
Research updates, hot topics, and AGM
Over the weekend there will also be opportunities to hear from our Chairman Professor Rory Putman, Peter Green – BDS Hon. Veterinary Advisor and Dr Alistair Ward - BDS Scientific Advisor.
In addition, there will be an update on our new BDS app and a chance to try this out before its main launch later this year.
Come and join us!
An open letter has been sent to the residents of a Buckshaw housing development by Residential Management Group (RMG) after greyhounds had been spotted chasing wild deer in a woodland area of Buckshaw Village.
The letter states that the incident was being investigated and anyone found responsible would be duly reported.
Latest Lowland Deer Reports Published
The Lowland Deer (Section 4) Panel report.
This includes seven recommendations for SNH to consider. SNH will consider the report and recommendations in the round, rather than taking the Panel’s work in isolation, and we will, therefore, respond fully to the Panel’s report later this year.
The Lowland Deer Management: assessing the delivery of public interests report,
This report was compiled by SRUC to better understand approaches to Lowland Deer management. The report is an important first step to build a complete picture of how deer are managed in lowland Scotland, including vital information on deer numbers, deer impacts on agriculture and forestry, and deer-vehicle collisions.
A second phase of this project is currently being taken forward.
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BBC News reported this week that a young fallow buck had died after being caught up in a discarded plastic carrier bag in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.
Park rangers reported that the deer was severely injured after it jumped a wall in "blind panic" with the bag "covering its face and strangling it".
In 2016, a deer's stomach was found to be full of plastic poo bags left at the same park.
This highlight the ever-growing concern over plastic rubbish in our environment and the problems being caused when this is not disposed of correctly.
The Henley Standard reported that a group of walkers has rescued a deer on land near Henley Park.
The deer was caught in double-stranded barbed wire and again highlights the dangers to deer of fencing hazards.
Mick Martin, one of the five walkers, said:
“As we were coming down on to the Mount we heard some squealing and saw the deer hanging on the fence.
It must have run out of the wood, tried to leap the fence and caught its feet on the top. It was hanging from its hind legs.”
The walkers approached the deer but it tried to escape, so Mr Martin grabbed hold of it and lifted it up to take the weight while two others untangled it.
“We had to bring it over the fence so it twisted the wire back to the right angle. The leg came out and the deer ran away. There was nothing broken but it had a few cuts from the wire.”
The Courier has reported (5th April 2019) that a baby deer had to be euthanized after being mauled by an out of control dog in Fife.
A dog walker discovered the deer with two broken legs n woodland near Lochore Meadows.
The Scottish SPCA were called but sadly the animal had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering from its extensive injuries.
Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Ian Burlinson also issued a reminder to dog owners to keep their animals under control.
“We were sadly called to Lochore Meadows on Tuesday morning after a young deer was attacked by a dog.
“The deer had a badly injured back end and was sadly put to sleep to prevent further suffering.
“Incidents like this prove as a sad yet important reminder as to why dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dog under control at all times, especially when there are other animals around.”